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An elegant and unforgettable 11-day South Island honeymoon

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What's Included

  • Privately guided tours and experiences
  • Helicopter transfers and tours
  • Scenic whale watching and Mount Cook flights
  • Private transfers
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

Celebrate your honeymoon in style with this lavish ten-night trip to New Zealand’s South Island during its most spectacular season. Stay in a handpicked selection of the most exclusive and romantic luxury lodges in the country, with some breath-taking experiences along and plenty of time to yourselves.

Begin with a helicopter flight from Christchurch to your remote private villa at Annandale, staying in either the ultra-modern Seascape overlooking your own private bay or in the wonderfully cozy Shepherd’s Cottage, both ideally secluded on this expansive coastal estate.

Next venture north to the quaint village of Kaikoura where you’ll visit fur seal pups playfully swimming beneath a waterfall and spot whales from the air while staying in one of Hapuku Lodge’s beautiful treehouses.

Fly south along the coast by helicopter before a picturesque drive into the island’s mountainous interior for two nights at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat in the shadowof New Zealand’s highest peak. Relax at the spa, indulge in the wine cellar and take a scenic flight over the national park’s glaciers, peaks and braided rivers.

Then it’s to Minaret Station, a luxury alpine retreat that can only be reached by helicopter. Sit back and take in the views, venture out for hikes and picnics, perhaps even dabbling in a little heli-skiing while you’re here.

Finally fly and drive back down to Queenstown, one of our favourite cities, for your last two nights, capped off with a climactic final helicopter flight along the iconic Milford Sound with stops at a wild beach and on the great Tutoko glacier.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Annandale

Helicopter transfer to Annandale Helicopter transfer to Annandale

Arrive at your private villa at Annandale by helicopter and be welcomed with a bottle of champagne.

Accommodation in Annandale

Annandale Farm, Christchurch, New Zealand
Two nights at Annandale Two nights at Annandale

Enjoy your time at Annandale, whether exploring the 4000 acre farm, hiking, cycling, taking part in a cooking class, fishing, kayaking or out at sea on a scenic cruise aboard Annandale's motorboat. Of course, you can also relax, take in the views and enjoy the wonderful isolation of your private villa.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Kaikoura

Days 3-5

Kaikoura

Accommodation in Kaikoura

Two nights in Kaikoura Two nights in Kaikoura

Kaikoura, a quaint village between the snowcapped Kaikoura Range and Pacific Ocean, is a haven for wildlife fanatics and adventure sports enthusiasts alike. For the former, the region has been dubbed the ‘maritime Serengeti’, the sea here one of the best places in New Zealand to go whale and dolphin watching. If you’re here between May and October you may get to witness fur seal pups playing in the water below Ohau Waterfall and the bird watching is another big draw. For the active, there are wonderful hiking and mountain biking trails along the coast, fine surfing, sea kayaking and more.

See the fur seal pups at Ohau Waterfall See the fur seal pups at Ohau Waterfall

Visit Ohau Waterfall, a beautiful spot a little way up the coast from Kaikoura. During the winter months, young fur seal pups make their way upstream to the pool beneath the falls, with its waters becoming a creche for playful youngsters. You'll also visit the seal colony at Ohau Point to sea the adults lounging on rocks by the sea.

Scenic whale watching flight Scenic whale watching flight

Whale watching by from the air offers a unique perspective and the opportunity to view whales and dolphins in their natural environment, experiencing the true magnitude of some of the world’s largest animals, and offering a fabulous view for photographers. This scenic flight lasts for around 30 minutes.

Scenic helicopter transfer to Christchurch Scenic helicopter transfer to Christchurch
Private transfer to the Glaciers and Mount Cook Private transfer to the Glaciers and Mount Cook

Enjoy a scenic drive inland to your accommodation in the the Glaciers and Mount Cook region.

Days 5-7

Mount Cook

Accommodation in Mount Cook

Days at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat Days at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat

Split your time at the wonder Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat between exploring this incredible region and relaxing back at the lodge. You can explore some of New Zealand’s highest peaks within Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, head out on mountain bikes around the lake, walk to see the vast glaciers found here, go fishing, gaze up at one of the darkest night skies in the world from the observatory, spend time at the Fantail Spa, taste wine and unwind.

The 'Grand Traverse' scenic flight The 'Grand Traverse' scenic flight

Take a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Mt Cook and Westland National Parks and shows you the region from a privileged perspective. You will see beautiful turquoise glacial lakes, the braided river system of the Mackenzie basin, remote high country sheep stations, and New Zealand’s highest mountain Mount Cook, as well as Franz Joseph, Fox and Tasman glaciers.

Days 7-9

Minaret Station

Helicopter transfer to Minaret Station Helicopter transfer to Minaret Station

Fly up to the remote Minaret Station, a remote and exclusive lodge inaccessible by any other means, arriving to a welcome bottle of champagne.

Accommodation in Minaret Station

Two nights at Minaret Station Two nights at Minaret Station

Enjoy your time at this ultra exclusive wilderness retreat. Guides are on hand to lead informative hikes or leisurely excursions around the lodge area, ranging from a gentle walk to neighbouring waterfalls through to more challenging hill climbs from the valley floor, with food always a gourmet treat. For honeymooners, a two hour couples massage as well as an exclusive guided walk and champagne picnic in a remote wilderness setting are included. Additional excursion depend on the season, and range from guided fishing trips to helicopter-borne adventures such as epic heli-skiing, mountain biking and scenic flights.

Private transfer to Queenstown via the Crown Range and Cardrona Private transfer to Queenstown via the Crown Range and Cardrona

Transfer to Queenstown via Crown Range and Cardrona Valley, stopping in at the iconic Cardrona pub and at the Cardrona Distillery for a tour and some whisky tasting.

Days 9-11

Queenstown

Accommodation in Queenstown

Two nights in Queenstown Two nights in Queenstown

From the towering alpine ranges that envelop Queenstown, to its laidback lakeside sister Wanaka and the incredible Milford Sound, this is easily one of the most spectacular regions of the country. Seek out one of the endless thrills on offer here from skiing, white water rafting, canyon swinging, jet boating, mountain biking and bungy jumping, or slow down to the cosmopolitan pace of life in Queenstown and cool Wanaka and you’ll discover its flourishing arts scene, excellent vineyards, fine dining and quiet lakeside shores where you can take in the incredible scenery. And, of course, Milford Sound with its spectacular 1692m-high Mitre Peak (Rahotu in Maori) is unmissable.

Milford Sound and glacier explorer scenic helicopter flight Milford Sound and glacier explorer scenic helicopter flight

Explore Milford Sounds stunning fiord from the air. Fly the length of Milford Sound past sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls, out to the Tasman Sea where you land on a wild West Coast beach. In Milford, enjoy a short nature walk and gain that iconic Mitre Peak photo. Enjoy an exhilarating flight past spectacular rivers, valleys and mountains with blue-green ice falls, and land upon Mt Tutoko glacier in the heart of Fiordland National Park.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Queenstown Airport

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